Java - Character (char)


character in java.

There is two type:

They are only manipulated in unicode because the Java platform stores character values using Unicode conventions.


The Character class wraps a char variable but also provides several management methods such as:

  • determining a character's category (lowercase letter, digit, etc.)
  • or converting characters from uppercase to lowercase and vice versa.

Character information is based on the Unicode Standard, version 6.0.0 and is based on the data file.




Language - Literal Value value

  • A char is quoted in single quote
char c = '"';

Hexadecimal (Unicode)

literal notation where the unicode code point (heaxdecimal) starts with a \u. Example with the box drawing character U+2514

char c = '\u2514';
((char) Integer.parseInt("2514", 16))

Integer (Unicode)

Java uses an int internaly (and not a hexadecimal) to store an unicode character, therefore you can cast the integer represention of the unicode hexadecimal representation to get a character.

Example with the box drawing character U+2514

  • 2514 is equivalent to the number 9492, proof:
int boxDrawAsInt =  Integer.parseInt("2514", 16);
System.out.println("Decimal Number: "+boxDrawAsInt);
Decimal Number: 9492
  • You can cast it directly
char boxDrawAsChar = (char) 9492;
System.out.println("Box Draw: "+boxDrawAsChar);
Box Draw: └


To String

To string …

String.valueOf((char) Integer.parseInt("2514", 16))

To Int

  • for a char
int i = (int) '"';
  • it works also from a character
int i = (int) ((Character) '"')

To Unicode code point

char c = '⡎';
System.out.println(Integer.toHexString((int) c));

which leads to the character 284e - braille pattern dot



char c = '\u0000';
char d = 0;
if (c == d){
     System.out.println("They are the same");

Minus / Addition

Because internally a character is an integer, you can do all integer mathematics operations.

range = (char) this.max - (char) this.min


  • General
n = 10;
c = 'a'
nc = new String(new char[n]).replace("\0", c);
  • From java 11 as the repeat function

Numeric Value

getNumericValue does not return the int decimal representation of Unicode but the real numeric value of the character following this rule:

  • 0 to 9 for the digits
  • then the characters below have a numeric values from 10 through 35.
    • The letters A-Z in their uppercase ('\u0041' through '\u005A'),
    • lowercase ('\u0061' through '\u007A'),
    • and full width variant ('\uFF21' through '\uFF3A' and '\uFF41' through '\uFF5A')


if (Character.isDigit(x)) {
    int y = Character.getNumericValue(x); 



char[] endOfLineCharacters = {(char) 10, (char) 13};
String.valueOf(endOfLineCharacters).contains(String.valueOf((char) 10)));
boolean contains(char[] charArray, char c){
    boolean contains = false;
    for (char cA : charArray) {
       if (cA == c) {
          contains = true;
    return contains;

Documentation / Reference

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